Latest coronavirus: US hospital admissions extend drop as infection rate declines

Latest coronavirus: US hospital admissions extend drop as infection rate declines

The United States delivered more more than 100 million doses since the coronavirus vaccine rollout began at the end of last year, crossing the milestone as Johnson & Johnson began sending its first shipments. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 102.4 million doses were delivered early Tuesday, up from 96.4 million the day before.

Ireland recorded its lowest daily number of coronavirus cases since mid-December, fueling hopes of a recovery. The national health emergencies team said only 359 new cases of Covid-19 were reported on March 2, a sharp drop from previous weeks, as figures ranged from a low of 556 cases on February 9 to peaks of more more than 1000.

Northern Ireland has presented a cautious plan to ease its nine-week-old lockdown, which is expected to keep the region’s non-essential outlets, drink-focused pubs and leisure industries closed longer than those in England. The provincial government has emphasized that the first easing will focus on families and outdoor activities and places.

The Canadian economy grew at a faster rate than expected late last year despite further restrictions on coronaviruses, with activity being boosted by companies that have piled up. Canada’s gross domestic product grew at an annualized rate of 9.6% in the fourth quarter, Statistics Canada said Tuesday.

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